Northern Israel

Paul the Apostle’s Caesarea – The Vision was Spread from Here

What is Caesarea, Herod’s city, hiding in its wings? Amongst the first Christian settlements in Israel, it is a city of peaceful, religious coexistence, from which St. Paul made his way towards Rome on what would become, for him, the last journey to spread the Gospel

Caesarea sits right in the middle of the state of Israel, between North and South, is located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and serves, today, as the largest outdoor theater in Israel. However, Caesarea is much more than a grandiose archaeological site from Roman times. Paul the apostle was jailed in Caesarea for two years, and from there, he made his way to Rome where he was put on trial and sentenced to death.

Betlehem

The Bible tells of Bethlehem, which was also called "Efrat" in Genesis and in various other chapters. Rachel was buried on the road leading to Bethlehem ( "way to Efrat") north of the city , and Ruth the Moabite town lived on her return to Israel. According to the Book of Samuel, King David was born in the city which was anointed king by Samuel. After King David was exiled from the city, it was told that he missed the water well in the city, and three of his heroes brought him water from that well.

The city of Bethlehem is mentioned in the New Testament as the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

Church of St Peter in Gallicantu

one of the most striking churches in Jerusalem commemorates the apostle Peter’s triple denial of his Master, his immediate repentance and his reconciliation with Christ after the Resurrection.
Built on an almost sheer hillside, the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu stands on the eastern slope of Mount Zion.
On its roof rises a golden rooster atop a black cross — recalling Christ’s prophecy that Peter would deny him three times “before the cock crows”. Galli-cantu means cockcrow in Latin.

Domus Galilaeae

Domus Galilaeae is a center of formation, for studies and retreat, on a piece of land situated on the Mount of Beatitudes. This project began its journey in the 80’s when Pope Paul VI was to build in Israel a center where Seminarians could complete their formation before being ordained. It was with this frame of mind that the Vatican purchased Notre Dame, near the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem.

Beth She'an

Located 17 miles south of the Sea of Galilee, Beth Shean is situated at the strategic junction of the Harod and Jordan Valleys.

Located 17 miles south of the Sea of Galilee, Beth Shean is situated at the strategic junction of the Harod and Jordan Valleys. The fertility of the land and the abundance of water led the Jewish sages to say, "If the Garden of Eden is in the land of Israel, then its gate is Beth Shean." It is no surprise then that the site has been almost continuously settled from the Chalcolithic period to the present.

Beth Shean Excavations

Tabgha- Ein Sheva

Tabgha (Ein Sheva) is an area situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is traditionally accepted as the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) after His Crucifixion.

Tabgha (Ein Sheva) is an area situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is traditionally accepted as the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) after His Crucifixion.

Sites in Northern Israel

From Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee, the north is full of beauty and religious wonder.

Banias – Caesarea Philippi is the site where Jesus gave St. Peter the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven…” (Matt. 16: 18-19).*